Granit Xhaka is about to join Bayer Leverkusen in £21.5m deal with move very close

Xhaka has resurrected his Arsenal career under Arteta on several occasions after being booed off the pitch by fans in 2019, becoming a key player at the heart of midfield for the Spaniard this season.

“There was one guy, his name is Mikel Arteta,” Xhaka said.

“I will always support him, it doesn’t matter what happens. Without him, I am 100 per cent sure I would not be in the club anymore.

“He knows that, I have a very good and honest relationship with him. It doesn’t matter what happens on the pitch, I will never ever be against him or say something against him.

“He deserves my respect, but the respect from my family as well. I was gone. I did not want to wear the shirt anymore. He gave me the feeling to do it again.”

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